The Supreme Court announced Friday that it would hear two challenges against Texas’ heartbeat law, which prohibits most abortions after about six weeks of gestation.
The two challenges come from the Biden administration and from private abortion groups respectively. In hearing the challenges, the high court will consider whether the United States Government would be within its rights to block enforcement of the law, and whether abortion groups can proceed with lawsuits against the State of Texas or its officials.
Despite immense pressure from the Biden administration and abortion groups to do otherwise, the Supreme Court will allow the Texas law to remain in effect pending the outcome of the challenges, for which the court will begin hearing oral arguments Nov. 1.
The Supreme Court first declined to pause enforcement of the law when it went into effect Sept. 1. At the time, President Biden was outraged by their decision, which he described as “an unprecedented assault on constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade.” The president also threatened “a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision.”